Cal Tinsley returns for his second season with the Crimson Tide ... the walk-on can play second base, shortstop, third base and outfield ... transferred to UA from Shelton State Community College, where he played on two straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series teams ... played on same JuCo team as Clay Jones, Adam Scott and Jonathan Smart ... played in 95 games for the Bucs over the last two seasons ... led the Alabama Northern Division with a 1.000 field percentage each of his two seasons.
Appeared in 17 games ... hit .429 (6-for-14) with one double, four RBI and eight runs scored ... scored four runs in five opportunities as pinch runner ... 1-for-1 as pinch-hitter ... his lone start came against Alabama A&M on March 18, where he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI ... made Alabama debut as pinch-runner against Nicholls State (Feb. 25) and scored tying run in ninth inning of UA's 8-7 comeback win ... recorded pinch-hit RBI single against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 7... batted .500 (3-for-6) in three-game series with Alabama A&M on March 17-18 ... went 2-for-3 with double, two runs scored and two RBI in lone start against Alabama A&M (March 18) ... recorded first career SEC hit at Mississippi on March 22 ... scored winning run as pinch-runner at UAB on March 25 ... delivered RBI single at South Alabama on April 22 ... Tinsley did not see action in the three-game exhibition series against Cuba.
SOPHOMORE (2008 - Shelton State CC):
Played in 59 games at Shelton State for Coach Bobby Sprowl ... led team to second straight Alabama Junior College State Championship ... also helped the Bucs to runner-up finish at the 2008 NJCAA World Series ... hit .280 (30 for 107) with 20 runs scored and 28 RBI ... also added four extra base hits ... tallied seven multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games ... went 3 for 4 with triple and career-high four RBI in win over Marion Military Institute on March 29 ... had three-RBI game against Wallace-Selma on Feb. 19 ...played in six games at the 2008 Alabama JuCo State Tournament ... went 3 for 12 (.250) with three runs scored and one RBI ... played in four games at NJCAA World Series ... batted .375 (3 for 8) with one run scored, one triple and two RBI ... went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI in first-round win over Johnson County CC on May 24.
FRESHMAN (2007 - Shelton State CC):
Appeared in 36 games at Shelton State ... helped the Bucs to the 2007 Alabama State Championship ... placed fifth at the 2007 NCJAA World Series ... batted .375 (13 for 40) two doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored ... recorded three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games ... season-high two hits against Gulf Coast Community College (Feb. 18), Stillman (April 18) and Lawson State (May 2) ... had two RBI against Gadsden State on March 6 ... played in four postseason games, including two in the state tournament and two at the NJCAA World Series.
A 2006 graduate of Hillcrest High School, where he played for Coach Todd Agee ... he was the school's all-time leader in hits (95) and runs scored (85) upon graduation ... also set single-season marks for hits (62) and runs scored (54) ... led team to quarterfinals of the Class 6A state playoffs in 2006 ... also played American Legion baseball for Post 34 ... helped team win the 2007 American Legion State Championship ... named most valuable player for his efforts in the tournament ... also helped Post 34 capture the 2006 BP Invitational (Anchorage, Alaska) and 2007 Big Fish Classic (Kenai, Alaska).
Full name is Joseph Calvin Tinlsey ... son of Joe and Donna Tinsley ... one younger brother, Will ... his grandfather, Cal Hannah, was the chief photographer and photo editor for The Tuscaloosa News and produced many award winning photos during his long career with the newspaper.